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Straight from the Source on the
NC Oyster Trail

It's the perfect time of year for a coastal culinary adventure!
ABCDs of Shellfish Farm Tours
As the days warm, it's time to try a N.C. shellfish farm tour!

Because these tours are offered by boat and on land, you have many options to choose from.

Consider which tour is best for you by visiting our map tool at NCOysterTrail.org/map and selecting the category 'Shellfish Farm Tours'.

Don't know where to start? Consider some of the following fabulous tours below!
 
North Coast Tours
Outer Banks
Good Time Charlie’s Fisheries offers a hands-on experience of oyster farming and an opportunity to harvest fresh seafood. Spend time with a lifelong commercial fisherman who will show you around beautiful and remote Hyde County where waterfowl, seabirds, and other wildlife. 
 
Outer Banks Adventures in Manteo is home of North Carolina’s “Best Airboat Adventure.” They traverse the shallow soundside waters around the Outer Banks, where you will see several oyster farms & oyster reefs. You will learn about the significance of the oyster & its environmental benefits to our waterways on all of their tours.
Cape Hatteras Oyster Company provides tours of their oyster farm on Hatteras Island and sells oysters on site. The father and son duo who run the farm started their business knowing that the healthy, fertile ecosystem surrounding them could support oysters and other sea life.
 
Slash Creek Oyster Farm provides tours of their oyster house and farm on Hatteras Island. Join oyster farmer Spurgeon Stowe, a fifth-generation Hatterasman, on his boat 'The Half Shell' to see how a select, sustainable oyster is grown.
Central Coast Tours
Beaufort - Atlantic Beach - Hampstead
Seavisions Charters in Beaufort offers private boat tours to Shackleford Banks, Cape Lookout and the Rachel Carson Reserve. Tours are available to visit the only N.C. oyster farm on a sandbar, Sandbar Oyster Company. You can sample oysters onsite and take some home.
Hoop Pole Creek Oyster Company is a family-run shellfish farm growing oysters and clams near Atlantic Beach. Tour their farm via kayak and sample their shellfish while learning about the ecology and history of Bogue Sound.
 
Science by the Sea in Beaufort provides eco-adventures with a choice of three modes of transportation: kayak, SUP, and a flat-bottomed bateau cruise. Tours depart from the historic Beaufort waterfront and visit the four islands that comprise the Rachel Carson Reserve. Observe diverse habitats and estuarine creatures like oysters that dwell in these waters. 
Ghost Fleet Oyster Co. in Hampstead farms oysters in Topsail Sound, with a focus on sustainability and education. They offer customized farm tours year round. 
 
Central Coast Tours
Harkers Island - Down East
Down East Mariculture Supply in Smyrna offers you the opportunity to see and touch shellfish from its initial life stages. This shellfish hatchery was once the site of a clam house, and a beautiful shell mural depicts the women who worked there. Optional kayak tours allow visitors to explore the natural beauty of Jarrett Bay.
Hooper Family Seafood in Smyrna grows hard and sunray venus clams on their farm overlooking Cape Lookout National Seashore and Core Sound. The Hoopers will show you how to harvest and grade these shellfish. You can even try your luck with the bull rake (pictured). They have a wonderful spot on the water and can steam up clams to taste. 
Island Time Excursions Let the salt life refresh your spirit and cleanse your soul by embarking on an excursion off of Harkers Island with Captain Ricky Dodson of Island Times Excursions. Mix and match your adventure on the water by touring oyster farms in North River, spending time with Shackleford horses or shelling. Let Captain Ricky know what you’d like to see!
Roysters NC is a family-owned and operated oyster farm in Carteret County's North River. Schedule a boat tour to visit a cluster of four shellfish farms in and around North River and Wards Creek. Bring your own kayak tours are also available upon request. These are great excursions if you want to explore the waters and what grows in them between Beaufort and Harkers Island.
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